What do these English surnames Chamberlain and Holley and Patton?
Does Chamberlain surname come from upperclass English family? What about Holley and Patton??
- Free AdviceLv 62 weeks ago
names meaning literally nothing
- ObserverLv 72 weeks ago
Names do not necessarily "come" from economic Status. There are naming patterns, check it out on line English Surnames, should give you several sites.
- MaxiLv 72 weeks ago
Historically Chamberlain is a job title of " the person in charge" is the most senior officer of the Royal Household of the United Kingdom, supervising the departments which support and provide advice to the Sovereign of the United Kingdom..... it can also discribe the 'holder of the key' to a household or pub.... so historically servants came from wealthy families and those families were often classified as 'noble' but nobles were just servants of the Royals.
Holley is an Old English language surname. It is either locational, ultimately derived an Old English hol lēah "[dwelling by] the clearing by the hollow", or descriptive, from hol-ēage "hollow-eyed".
Patton is a name of English language origin meaning "fighter's town". also from Middle English word "pate" meaning head or skull.
However NO surname ever tells you anything at all about your ancestry as suranmes were chosen/given same as first names are and given/taken for taxation reasons
- LudwigLv 62 weeks ago
Chamberlain is probably of medieval French origin.
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- blackgrumpycatLv 72 weeks ago
Chamberlain originated from someone who was in charge of the household affairs of a King or Queen.
Holley meant someone who dwelt by a hollow or someone who had hollow eyes.
Patton could have derived from a pet name for Patrick, so son of Patrick, or from the word Patrician which was an aristocrat or nobleman.
If your family has any of these surnames, you would need to research whether they were from upper class families or not. The surname will not tell you for certain as spellings can changed over generations or some families changed their names.
- AbhijitLv 52 weeks ago
Nothing about social standing. it is just a family name
- HenryLv 52 weeks ago
It depends. Often the names are constructed or copied. Especially if they are Black, Dutch or Native American, they will get a more "Anglo"-sounding name.